Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime
Minister): Mr. Speaker, as the house knows the Columbia river treaty was signed in Washington yesterday. The President and Secretary of State and the under secretary of the interior signed for the United States of America. The treaty was signed for Canada by myself together with the Minister of Justice and the Canadian ambassador at Washington.
I indicated the other day that I would table at the earliest possible date copies of the treaty and also the statement I made outlining some of the features and particulars of that treaty. In view of the widespread interest in these documents I propose that with the consent of the house they be printed as an appendix to Hansard.
May I say that in the signing of this tremendous treaty the course followed was one that gave emphasis to the importance of the occasion. The fact is that it was the last major official discharge of responsibility on the part of the President of the United States. That fact gives it emphasis. During the course of our stay there the Minister of Justice, myself and several representatives from the two countries were entertained at luncheon at the White House, the last function of the kind that will take place during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
I agree with the remarks that were made at the conclusion of this treaty, that it represents a major advance in co-operation by the two nations without the sacrifice of the rights, the sovereignty or otherwise of either
country, and is indeed a landmark in responsible joint action by nations for their economic betterment.
With the leave of the house, as I indicated earlier, I therefore wish to table the treaty in both English and French, and the summary in both languages.